Tambocor and Breastfeeding

Research has shown that Tambocor (flecainide) does pass through breast milk in women. However, it is unknown how this medication might affect a nursing infant. Because it is estimated that only a small amount of the drug would be passed to a nursing infant, the American Academy of Pediatrics considers it safe to breastfeed while taking Tambocor.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Tambocor?

Tambocor™ (flecainide acetate) is a prescription medication used to prevent certain types of serious heart rhythm problems (known medically as arrhythmias). It belongs to a group of medications known as antiarrhythmics. This medication is known to pass through breast milk; however, it is likely safe for use while breastfeeding.
 

More Information About Tambocor and Breastfeeding

Tambocor has been studied in lactating women. In these studies, the medication was shown to pass through breast milk in low amounts. None of the studies included nursing infants, so the potential effects on the infants are not entirely known. However, based on the amount of the drug found in the women's breast milk, researchers estimated that a nursing infant would receive less than 3 mg of Tambocor a day.
 
Based on this information, Tambocor is not expected to harm a nursing infant, especially if the infant is older than two months of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) considers Tambocor compatible with breastfeeding.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Tambocor use with your healthcare provider. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
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